We welcomed our sweet Baby Hugo into the church on October 3. We waited until he was five months old — first because of COVID and then because his godparents, our good friends, welcomed their own sweet baby. In the end, it worked out perfectly. The two of them got to be baptized together, which was incredibly special to their mamas! We kept our celebration small, short and sweet, but had a great day all about our sweet boy with a Little Pumpkin themed fall baptism celebration. Below you’ll find a quick recap of Hugo’s special day, my tips for a fall charcuterie board + other fall baptism ideas!
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Fall baptism decor
Our house was already decorated for fall, so I decided to roll with that and have a God Bless Our Little Pumpkin themed fall baptism. It would also work great for a fall baby shower! We kept the decorations simple and sweet with a burlap banner, some faux fall flowers and sweet Little Pumpkin watercolor printables — you can download them for free below!
FALL CHARCUTERIE BOARD
Because of the time of day — about 4 p.m. — I decided against serving a full meal. We had hot appetizers catered and I put together a fun fall charcuterie board. Nearly everything I used came from Aldi, and I tried to carry the fall theme through the food with seasonal items like pumpkin seeds, honeycrisp apples and caramel corn, in addition to meats, cheeses, fruit, vegetables, breads and crackers.
I searched high and low for a step by step guide on putting together a charcuterie board, but I couldn’t find one. Now I realize it’s because there’s no real right way to do it. Just add whatever you want randomly until it looks full and beautiful and delicious! However, if you’re like me and you want instructions, this is what worked for me!
Here’s a full list of what I included:
- White cheddar cheese slices
- Smoked gouda cheese wedges
- Sweet pickles
- Baby carrots
- English cucumbers
- Jalapeno artichoke dip
- Naan, cut into triangles
- Whole grain crackers
- Gluten free crackers
- Green grapes
- Purple grapes
- Honeycrisp apples, sliced
- Dried apricots
- Pumpkin seeds
- Pumpkin yogurt covered pretzels
- Pumpkin spice caramel corn
HOW TO MAKE A Fall Charcuterie Board
Instead of a board (because I didn’t have one in the size that I wanted), I used kraft paper to cover my kitchen island and built the board there. In a way, it turned out so pretty that it helped add to the decor! I picked the paper up at our local Dollar General, though Amazon has plenty of options. I typically have a roll on hand (we use it to color and paint on, and also to line the table or island for other art projects) but realized the morning of the party that we were out.
Step 1: Start with a centerpiece and place any additional focal points across the paper.
Step 2: Add any serving dishes you want to include (for dips, honey, pickles or whatever else may need to be contained within your board).
Step 3: Place the main “anchor” ingredients (mine were meats, cheeses, crackers and crudités) around your centerpiece and build it out from the center to keep it even and balanced. My strategy is not to move anything once it’s placed — just even out the other side! I tried to place each item on both sides to make it easy for everyone to pick what they wanted without having to walk around the island.
Step 4: Add in “accent” ingredients. I used whole strawberries, grape clusters, honeycrisp apple slices and dried apricots. I used these to add in color and create some additional dimension.
Step 5: Fill in any gaps with “fillers.” I chose pumpkin seeds, pistachios, caramel corn and pumpkin pretzels. I really think this is the key to taking the board from good to great! Using these fillers between the heartier ingredients really made the whole board look full and beautiful — the perfect finishing touches!
I also served apple cider, because what’s a fall party without it? We had our celebration before the baptism ceremony, but if it had been after, I would’ve most definitely served crockpot caramel apple cider for the adults. (I’ve shared my incredibly easy recipe on Instagram — 1 cup of caramel vodka + 8 cups of apple cider in a crockpot; serve with sliced apples for garnish.) For dessert, we had custom cutout sugar cookies decorated to match our theme, but my magic pumpkin pie bars would be a perfect dessert for a party!
Fall Baptism Ideas — Free Little Pumpkin printables
If you’re planning a fall themed celebration for a little one — a baptism, baby shower or even first birthday party — these sweet watercolor Little Pumpkin printables would be a great addition to your decor! Download them now for free!
What do you think about these fall baptism ideas? Do you typically choose a theme for celebrations – or just keep it simple? I would love to hear your favorite party themes in the comments!